Since 1955, the Squam Lakes Association's (SLA) summer youth programs have introduced young people to the unique resources in the Squam Lakes region and beyond. Through paddling, hiking, swimming, sailing and environmental education campers develop a strong sense of self, community and place. Our Junior Squam Lakes Association (JSLA) and Community Youth Sailing Program (CYSP) provide healthy outdoor recreational activities designed to stimulate inquisitive minds, develop life-long friendships, and create lasting memories.
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2022 Summer Youth Program Staff Bios
Hello! My name is Andrew and I am a rising sophomore at Union College in Schenectady NY. I am from from Pomfret Connecticut, but grew up in NH. How I came to know the SLA is by often visiting my grandparents on Little Squam, which led to me knowing the area super well. I love the outdoors and the sciences, and have taken some biology and chemistry classes this past year which I really enjoyed! I have been a camper at the JSLA since I was 8, and am now super excited to be returning for my 2nd year as a leader, and 11th year since I first came to camp! My favorite thing to do at camp is canoe around the lake but I enjoy literally any outdoor activity there is, from fishing on a quiet dock, to sailing on a super windy day!
Hi! My name is Anna Bays and this is my first summer working at Squam Lakes Association. I am currently finishing my duel degree program at Plymouth State in BS Adventure Education and BS Holistic Human Development. Doing this duel program has let me explore both of my passions of outdoor based programming and personal development. Being in the outdoors is one of my favorite past times, and some of my hobbies include rock climbing, white water kayaking, hiking, and bird watching. I am also an artist and love to paint, draw, and embroider. I have lived in New Hampshire for the last 16 years and have been working with Plymouth area and North Country youth for the last 4 years. A fun fact about me is that I am currently restoring and converting a 2001 Chevy Astrovan!
Hello campers! My name is Maggie Grant, and I'm from Natick, Massachusetts (near Boston). I spend summers at my family’s house in Tamworth, New Hampshire. I am a recent graduate from Colby-Sawyer College where I studied Environmental science, and biology. As you can see from my picture, I spent this past semester on a tall ship at sea! I can’t wait to tell you all the stories about my time sailing. I am certified in lifeguarding, first aid, wilderness first aid, EMT and CPR. Some of my favorite things to do are canoeing, skiing, reading, going for walks, and just spending time outside and on the water. I also love pizza, lemonade, baking cookies, watching movies, and hanging out with animals (especially my dog Tim). This will be my thirteenth year at JSLA, and I am very happy to be back at camp as the Co-assistant camp director this year! Nothing compares to spending a summer adventuring and learning together on Squam Lake!
My name is Matthew Mitchell and I am super excited to come back for my second summer as a JSLA leader. I am currently a Sophomore at Trinity College where I enjoy lots of outdoor activities. I love to climb and hike anywhere. I also enjoy challenging myself. Additionally, I row for Trinity so I love to be in boats which is why I am really excited to go canoeing to the islands again this summer! I love camping which was one of my favorite activities when I was a JSLA camper and I cannot wait to start camping again this summer after no camping last summer. I’m super pumped for this summer and I cannot wait to meet and have fun with all of the campers!
Hi, my name is Sawyer. I'm so excited to be back at JSLA for my fourth year as an Environmental Camp Leader, and my first year as the Co-Assistant Camp Director. I grew up in Plymouth, NH and I currently live in Bozeman, MT where I work at Lone Mountain Sports in Big Sky. In my free time I enjoy skiing, hiking, kayaking, and sailing. I love spending my summers on Squam Lake and in the White Mountains.